Folks may have noticed that my tour blog follows no specific pattern of time. This is because I simply prefer to write it as and when I’m feeling it. I finished the NZ tour in May 2013 but I’m still writing it now.
So basically – Never expect a concurrent theme to these blogs. They are just rambles from my non sensible existence.
My journey through the land of the long white cloud continued south. I was lucky enough to play a show near Napier where I met a an awesome girl called Pip. She told me it would be possible to stay in her room in Wellington while she was away working for the student break. So upon arrival in Wellington I was introduced to a house full of creative people. Art students and musicians. The front room had this incredible atmosphere with challenging music blasting out through the stereo while folks would be busy drawing and creating their own works. Rowan would pace around the room often talking at length with mass enthusiasm for the music he had chosen to play. Tim & Dan (the other 2 housemates) were always welcoming and yet never overbearing. I felt very much at home among misfits 😀
San Fran Bath House Setlist Links:- Alaskan Sky (From the Album ‘Go‘), Time & Places (From the Album ‘Autonomous Debut‘), Time Lost Tradition (From the Album ‘Scenic‘), Ons (From the Album ‘Bright‘), Distance From Ear to Ear (From the Album ‘The Distance from Here‘), Varit (From the Album ‘Forth‘), Pish (From the Album ‘Good Times with Evil‘)
My series of shows in Wellington were a total mish mash between pub crowds to established venues. Despite being hailed as the cultural capital of the country I have never found it to be much other than apathetic towards small time musicians like myself touring through.
The saving grace stories from this chapter came only in the form of the housemates from heaven. I was brought to a squat party one night where I really begun to understand the community of artists that occupied the City. It was also these same folks who came to my aid for a booking taking place at Bodega (one of the cities ‘Name’ venues). ‘Dan Untitled’ stepped up to play a support spot. It was him and Dallas (the other support) who really worked to bring a crowd. I was lucky to have a few random folks from earlier in the tour put in an appearance and my thanks to them for showing up on the night. But apart from that I had spent many days flyering the city centre and to the best of my knowledge it brought nobody to the show.
Following my final performance in Wellington I was done not just for the city but also for the North Island of NZ.
Next morning I boarded the ferry for my return to the South Island. Possibly the most scenic place on the planet.